Saturday, July 12, 2008
This just in from Sue Stock's Retailing column in the N&O: Char-Grill is coming to Durham! Construction will start soon on a location in New Hope Commons and should open in the fall. Char-Grill is only located in Raleigh and Cary (as far as I know) so this is a big step for Durham burger lovers. I remember going with my brother in the early '80s to the one on Hillsborough Street when he was at NC State. You'd write your order on a little paper menu, slide it down a chute and wait for your burger to be grilled to perfection. Not sure what their source is for the meat and the only official website that I found didn't mention it (and is geared to potential franchise owners, so apparently they're planning to expand quite a bit).
[It's taken more than 30 years to get a Char-Grill in Durham; will it ever be possible to land a Krispy Kreme franchise? Sigh.]
On a related note, there's an Evos fast-food burger place opening in Chapel Hill's Eastgate Shopping Center next to Trader Joe's. I don't know much about them but they tout their meat as "humanely raised" and their salads as organic, plus the food is supposed to be lower in fat and there are more vegetarian options. According to Sue Stock in the N&O last month they opened yesterday but according to the coupon in this week's Independent they open tomorrow. Grab the coupon to get a free milkshake!